Uses for Leftover Wallpaper

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Left over wallpaper can be used in crafts and other home projects. This is a page about uses for leftover wallpaper.


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August 29, 2017

It's easy to make and it looks good! Taking photos without a backdrop can look sloppy, and who wants to spend their money on a light box? You can get a wallpaper book at your local paint store. I got mine at our nearest Sherwin Williams for free. The price ranges can range from ten dollars to none! All you need is your wallpaper, some tape, and a lamp or two for proper lighting. The lamp is optional but is recommended.

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August 20, 2012

I had a roll of wallpaper leftover and decided to used it to reline the drawers in kitchen and bathroom. It worked great and saved money.

By Irene M. from Williston, FL

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Use leftover pieces of wallpaper or pages from a wallpaper book to make book covers. Many of these book covers are even tear-resistant.

By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC

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After installing a new wallpaper boarder, I noticed a few flaws on the wall itself. I decided to camouflage the flaws by adding some pretty accents from the remaining wallpaper border.

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August 31, 2010

I have some discontinued wall covering books and I would like to use the book of design pages to decorate bookshelves, etc. The problem is, I don't know how to get the pins or screws that hold all of the sample wall covering designs together. Can anyone suggest what I can do? They are not easy to get off.


Thank you for any help.

By LINDA KADIS from Cleveland, OH


September 3, 20100 found this helpful

I had the same problem but I just worked and worked with the screws/pins. You need a strong hand for one thing but using a screw driver (flat head) and pliers, while prying up with the driver, pull with the pliers, it does take time but it does work!
Let me know if you succeeded.

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February 19, 20160 found this helpful

Use the grinding wheel on a small dremel to cut them off.

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November 5, 2017

When you find discounted wallpaper ends, you can use the pieces to line drawers and shelves. This is a page about use wallpaper for shelf and drawer liners.


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January 11, 2017

This is a page about using wallpaper for wrapping presents. Wallpaper is sturdy and comes in many colors and motifs, making it a nice alternative to ordinary wrapping paper.


Use leftovers from your last project or remnants found at thrift stores or yard sales.

Rolls of wallpaper.

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August 31, 2010

A friend gave me a couple of wallpaper sample books. I'm trying to get some crafting ideas for using them. Thank you.

By karen from Charleston, SC


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I used some wallpaper border samples to make this picture. My living room is the Lodge theme and so I have lots of bears throughout it. The border ran horizontally so I put it in a frame and it was not wide enough nor did I have a mat to go behind it so I painted a hunter green stripe horizontally both above and below the border just about 1 inch so it would look good.


I have also used wallpaper samples and cut out the pictures and used them as decoupage on many things. They also make very pretty folding fans. Or to cover smaller boxes to stack. Not to mention the beautiful greeting cards or envelopes that they can be used to make. And my favorite would be to cover lamp shades because you can cut out just sections of the picture so the light shines through and it appears 3D on the outside like the dragon flies on the design, etc. (05/13/2009)

By Julie

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Line your dresser drawers (cut to fit) or back of a plain bookcase using double sided tape. My favourite use is for a unique card/gift. I made a pattern of a cup and saucer and teapot to the size I wanted. I used a coloring book picture for both. Cut two of the shape. If it is prepasted wallpaper, dampen a little of the bottom and sides of one piece. Stick a second cutout on top, wrong sides together. Let dry.


If not prepasted, use a thin line of glue right near the edges. Draw on details with markers or pencil crayons. Add embellishments if you like, but do it on both sides. Insert a teabag (wrapped with string on it is best) inside the pocket. Then add a tag (I put mine right on the shape with this poem: Although I cannot sit awhile and have some tea with you. Use this gift to make some tea and think of me. (05/14/2009)

By Mary Lou

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We used the wallpaper samples to make bookmarks. We used the scissors that make fancy edges to make them cute and different. This was very easy. The kids made lots of them. We took them to a nursing home where they were put on each person's dinner tray. They were a big hit! Most everybody there was reading something, and could use a bookmark.


Cut 2 of them, place a 6 inch piece of very thin satin ribbon between the 2 pieces, at the top. Use a glue stick to put the 2 pieces together. For Father's Day at the nursing home, use the patterns with ducks, fish, and other masculine looking papers. We discovered that the men rarely get little "token" gifts. So they really appreciated it.

By Barbara Petty

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You can make picture frames using corrugated cardboard (to give some padding and "thickness") from boxes, and scraps of wallpaper or wrapping paper. Then add a simple hinged stand at the back and you're away! Very effective and very simple to make. Florist's paper also works well. (05/14/2009)

By Maureen

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Another idea is to save cylindrical plastic and cardboard food containers and cover them to match the lid colours and you soon have a matching or coordinating set of storage canisters. Use for children's tiny toy pieces or in the kitchen or sewing room, wherever. (05/14/2009)

By Maureen

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When the girls were young, I used wall paper samples and collaged their bedroom ceiling with them. The girls are now 41 and 36 and still talk about being sent to their room and laying on their bed looking at the pictures. Their kids want to know why they didn't ever get something like that in their rooms! Difference of incomes I guess. Besides that, their rooms have things like TVs, stereos, computers, etc. (05/15/2009)

By katherine allen

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Cover some old books with them for decorating a book shelf or cover an old binder for a nice photo book. (05/17/2009)

By Susan

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I used wallpaper as wrapping paper. I have often gone to a wallpaper store and purchased end rolls with neutral colours and used them to wrap gifts. It is much more cost effective than purchasing wrapping paper. (07/05/2009)

By Linda Smyth

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May 12, 2009

Here are some uses for partial rolls of wallpaper from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.

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